UK National Ecosystem Assessment progress and products. Robert Bradburne Defra. March 11 th 2010. Summary. (English) context for the National Ecosystem Assessment Structure and objectives of the National Ecosystem Assessment Progress and outputs to date Challenges ahead
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UK National Ecosystem Assessment
progress and products
March 11th 2010
PSA28: Secure a healthy natural environment for today and the future
The UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA) is the first analysis of the UK’s natural environment in terms of the benefits it provides to society and our continuing prosperity.
Part of the Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) initiative, it is an inclusive process involving individuals and institutions with a wide range of perspectives, in Government, academia, NGOs and the private sector.
Why Undertake the NEA now?
Evidence of change
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005) reported on widespread change to ecosystems worldwide in the last fifty years, with increases in benefits to many people, but degradation of ecosystem services adversely affecting others.
Natural England reported in 2008 that England has less natural diversity than 50 years ago and that it is still under pressure.
Pressures on our natural environment are changing – climate change and other pressures are predicted to alter many aspects of our land, water and seas over the next fifty years.
What will the NEA do?
“The UK NEA will help people to make better decisions that impact on the UK’s ecosystems to ensure the long-term sustainable delivery of ecosystem services for the benefit of current and future populations in the UK”
New solutions and new stakeholders
The NEA will:
Produce an independent and peer-reviewed National Ecosystem Assessment for the whole of the UK.
Raise awareness of the importance of the natural environment to human well-being and economic prosperity
Ensure full stakeholder participation and encourage different stakeholders and communities to interact and, in particular, to foster better inter-disciplinary co-operation between natural and social scientists, as well as economists
People involved in the NEA
A diverse group of academics, consisting of natural scientists, economists and social scientists, form the 27-member Expert Panel. This is chaired by Professor Robert Watson and Professor Steve Albon
A wide range of public, private and third sector decision-makers and
stakeholders form a User Group
200 authors from more than 50 academic institutions, government agencies and NGOs, managed by a group of Co-ordinating Lead Authors.
The organisations that commissioned the UK NEA form the Client Group.
Co-ordinating all the different assessment activities is an independent Secretariat, providedby the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).
Progress to date (1)
Biodiversity in the NEA
Valuing the benefits we get from our ecosystems
Challenges for 2010
The NEA is now looking forwards to assess how ecosystems might change in future.
Producing relevant, internally consistent and quantifiable scenarios with which to assess possible change to ecosystem services in future
Incorporating both economic and non-economic forms of value into the assessment of ecosystem change
Developing a suite of societal response options in light of the future scenarios
Further information (including how to get involved) can be found at:
Recent outputs and other communications materials can be found at:
Helping others to understand
The natural environment narrative
“Recovery, Growth and the Environment”
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity
“Delivering a healthy natural environment”
Other “points of view” articles
Working out what you should consider
Case studies and examples of application
Environmental Limits resources
Building the evidence/monitoring base
Valuing the environment
Introductory Guide to the Valuation of ecosystem services
Value Transfer guidelines
Data sources – the EVRI database
Incorporating valuation into other appraisal tools
Participatory and Deliberative Techniques